The students in year 9 used a Bayeux Tapestry approach to learning about the history and structure of the atom today. Armed with a fact file, key points and an ipad, they arranged themselves in teams, allocating tasks and craft resources to record the findings from the early Greeks, through Dalton, Thomson, Rutherford to Boh and Chadwick, identifying the sub-atomic particles they discovered and famous experiments that they used. They learned about the relative numbers of protons, neutrons and electrons in the atoms of each element and how they are represented.
As well as key ideas for GCSE Chemistry, they practised life skills in management and cooperative learning, economics and sharing ideas. The results are on display in the Braeside science lab – but will they last as long as the inspiration handicraft that inspired them?